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Iraq History Timeline

Iraq's Information

Flag of Iraq
Land Area 437,367 km2
Water Area 950 km2
Total Area 438,317km2 (#58)
Population 38,146,025 (#36)
Population Density 87.22/km2
Government Type Federal Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $597.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $16,500
Currency Dinar (IQD)
Largest Cities

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  • (2003) U.S. President, George W. Bush, gave Saddam Hussein and sons 48 hours to leave Iraq or face war
  • (2003) U.S. and British troops entered Iraq, American missiles hit targets in Baghdad
  • (2003) Baghdad and Saddam Hussein's power crumbled
  • (2003) Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay, killed in battle in Mosul
  • (2003) Suicide truck bomb destroyed UN headquarters in Baghdad, envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello killed
  • (2003) Shia leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim killed by cam bomb in Najaf
  • (2003) Saddam Hussein captured in Tikrit
  • (2004) 140 Shia festival-goers in Karbala and Baghdad killed by suicide bombers
  • (2004) During month-long U.S. military siege of Falluja, hundreds killed
  • (2004) U.S. turned sovereignty to an interim government headed by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi
  • (2005) Saddam Hussein transferred to Iraqi legal custody
  • (2005) Eight million Iraqis voted for Transitional National Assembly
  • (2005) 114 killed by car bomb south of Baghdad
  • (2005) Jalal Talabani, a Kurdish leader, elected president by parliament; Ibrahim Jaafari, named prime minister
  • (2005) Massoud Barzani sworn in as regional president of Iraqi Kurdistan
  • (2005) Voters approved new constitution, voted for first, full-term government and parliament since invasion led by U.S.
  • (2006) U.N. stated that an average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed by violence in Iraq
  • (2006) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda leader, killed in air strike
  • (2006) After nearly 25 years, Iraq and Syria restored diplomatic relations
  • (2006) Car bombings in Shia area of Sadr City in Baghdad killed more than 200
  • (2006) Saddam Hussein was executed for crimes against humanity
  • (2007) U.S. President George W. Bush announced thousands more U.S. troops would be dispatched to enhance security in Baghdad
  • (2007) In worst bombing since 2003, 130 people were killed in Baghdad's Sadriya market
  • (2007) Car and truck bombs struck two villages of Yazidi Kurds, killed at least 250
  • (2007) British handed over security of Basra province to Iraqi forces, ended five years of British control of southern Iraq
  • (2008) U.S. gave control of the western province of Anbar to the Iraqi government
  • (2008) Parliament approved security pact with U.S. in which U.S. troops would leave Iraq by end of 2011
  • (2009) Iraq took control of Green Zone in Baghdad
  • (2009) U.S. troops withdrew from towns and cities, handed over security duties to new Iraqi forces
  • (2009) Masoud Barzani re-elected president
  • (2009) Two car bombs near Baghdad's Green Zone killed 155
  • (2009) Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide bombing in Baghdad
  • (2010) Key figure in Saddam Hussein's government, "Chemical" Ali Hassan al-Majid, was executed
  • (2010) U.S. combat brigade left Iraq after seven years
  • (2010) Whistleblowing website, Wikileaks, published classified U.S. military logs about Iraq war
  • (2010) After long delay, Parliament reconvened, re-appointed Jalai Talabani as president, Nouri al-Maiki as prime minister
  • (2010) Parliament approved new government
  • (2011) Amid dispute between Iraqi Kurdistan region and central government over contracts with foreign firms, oil exports resumed
  • (2011) Iraqi Kurdistan moved troops into position around disputed city of Kirkuk
  • (2011) More than 40 coordinated nationwide attacks occurred in one day
  • (2011) Turkey launched military strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq's mountains
  • (2011) U.S. completed pull-out of military troops
  • (2011) Iraqi government in disarray, Al-Iraqiya parliament block boycotted parliament and cabinet
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

Iraq Trivia

What is the Largest Ethnic Group in Iraq?

Arabs comprise the majority of Iraq's demography, while Kurds are the largest minority.

Largest Ethnic Groups In Iraq

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